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Tsunami spawns internet scams

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posted on Jan, 6 2005 @ 03:00 AM
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Quick money
Tricksters are posing as tsunami victims on the internet in a bid to siphon some of the millions of dollars flowing to relief efforts



Online security experts on Wednesday said crudely written appeals for help have begun to appear in e-mail boxes, asking for donations through a website or an offshore bank account.

Aid organisations have collected millions of dollars through the internet since 26 December - the day the tsunami struck several Indian Ocean nations and claimed about 150,000 lives.

The fraudulent appeals are patterned after two existing scams: "Phishing" attacks that direct people to legitimate-looking websites in order to trick them into giving up their credit card numbers, and 419 scams, messages that promise great riches in exchange for a bank account number


source: www.aljazeera.net



SMR

posted on Jan, 6 2005 @ 03:06 AM
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Saw this coming a mile away.Just suprised it took this long

I cant believe people would do this at a time like this.There are indeed shameless people on this earth.
Im just waiting for all the spam email now trying to get me to send money to some bogus tsunami relief fund.



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